Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) is a design concept advocating the coherent introduction of interlinked productive landscapes into cities as an essential element of sustainable urban infrastructure. Central to the CPUL concept is the creation of multi-functional open urban space networks, including urban agriculture, that complement and support the built environment.
The concept grew out of design research exploring the role of urban agriculture within urban design and was first articulated and designed for in 1998. Following the publication of Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities (ed. Andre Viljoen, Architectural Press: 2005), the concept has received international attention and entered into the contemporary design discourse.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This book reflects on a detailed history of Urban Agriculture, in particular the rise of Urban Agriculture in Cuba post ‘peak oil’, as a result of the need to become self-sufficient as a country. The book then goes on to show how the concept of urban agriculture can be used as a network throughout our cities to create a sustainable future.